SEATTLE -- Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, daughter of President John F. Kennedy, is in Seattle for an evening of poetry at Seattle First Baptist Church.
Monday morning on KING 5's New Day Northwest, she discussed her latest book, an anthology of children's poems called "Poems to Learn by Heart." She explained how she and her brother John Jr. wrote down and illustrated poems for their mother, Jackie, as birthday or Mother's Day presents. Mrs. Kennedy kept them in a scrapbook which she passed down to Caroline.
"So many people had the same experience with parents or grandparents. It's a wonderful way of creating special family memories," said Schlossberg.
As for reciting poems, Schlossberg said her grandmother, Rose, always wanted the grandkids to recite "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," which no one could do, "except Uncle Teddy, who used to show up at all my book signings and offer to recite 'The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere' to people in the bookstore, because he just loved it!"
Schlossberg demurred on discussing her possible nomination as U.S. Ambassador to Japan, but when asked if such an appointment would make her happy, she said brightly, "Yes!"
In the afternoon at Sanislo Elementary in West Seattle, Schlossberg listened to poems recited by students. Some of them will recite poems at the "Evening of Poetry" Monday night. Third grader Quinton Scovins was paging through a biography of President John F. Kennedy and came across a photo of young Caroline reading "Madeline" with her parents.
"Do you remember this book?" he asked excitedly.
"Let's see," said Schlossberg. "Oh, 'Madeline'! That's fun, right? Twelve little girls in two straight lines, the smallest one was Madeline."
Some literature you never forget.
"An Evening of Poetry with Caroline Kennedy" at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave. Seattle. Doors open at 6:15. Free advance tickets are required. www.brownpapertickets.com Kennedy will be joined by Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken and students from Seattle Arts & Lectures' Writers in the Schools, Seattle University and Sanislo Elementary.